Shipwrights Arms | Circa Morris-Nunn Chua Architects

Shipwrights Arms | Circa Morris-Nunn Chua Architects | Photographer: Adam Gibson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Shipwrights Arms | Circa Morris-Nunn Chua Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Muwinina and Palawa people of the South East Nation
Year
2023
Chapter

Tasmania

Category
Commercial Architecture
Builder
Macquarie Builders
Photographer
Adam Gibson
Project summary

Shipwrights Arms, considered a cultural establishment with its ingrained maritime associations, was constructed in 1845 in Battery Point, Hobart.The latest custodians (2019) worked closely with the architects, Circa Morris-Nunn Chua, and heritage consultant, Praxis, to satisfy their desire for additional amenity whilst respecting the historical fabric.

The primary intervention reimagines what was an underutilised and dark courtyard space as a bright semi-alfresco dining area with a timber canopy that appears to hover above the dining spaces and heritage cottages, gently tying all the existing buildings together. Its deeply gridded structural timberwork plays homage to Tasmania’s rich timber boat building history and animates the ceiling with light and shadow.

The central dining spaces have been reconfigured to create a more intimate evening dining experience whilst the front bar has had a delicate makeover to freshen yet maintain its locally loved atmosphere.

Project Practice Team

Alex Nielsen, Project Architect
Ganche Chua, Design Architect
Matt Sansom, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Castellan, Fire Engineer
CES, Electrical Consultant
CES, Mechanical Engineer
Gandy and Roberts, Hydraulic Consultant
Gandy and Roberts, Structural Engineer
Matt Prince and Scott Van Tuil, Furniture Design
Midson Traffic, Traffic Engineer
Pitt and Sherry, Building Surveyor
Praxis Environment, Heritage Consultant
RED Sustainability Consultants, ESD Consultant
Reveg Tasmania, Landscape Consultant
SMG, Project Manager

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